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Japan Patent Office International Cooperation in the Field of Industrial Design to be Launched ID5 Partner Offices approved cooperation projects

On November 1 and 2, 2016, the second Industrial Design Forum (ID5) Annual Meeting was held in Beijing, China, as an opportunity to promote international cooperation among the five major industrial design offices, i.e., the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO), and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). At the meeting, a joint statement was adopted, which proclaimed that the ID5 Partner Offices, as the major five offices receiving 90% of the total industrial design applications filed worldwide, will work collaboratively on a variety of projects aiming to promote the mutual understanding of industrial design systems among the five offices and to enhance user-friendliness of the industrial design services.

1. Background

As the globalization of economic activities advances in recent years, the importance of industrial designs has been growing. In response to this trend, it is essential for ID5 Partner Offices to mutually understand respective industrial design systems and to develop an environment in which industrial design users are able to smoothly acquire stable industrial design rights worldwide that are appropriately protected and securely utilized. Against this backdrop, in 2015, ID5 Partner Offices, i.e., the JPO, USPTO, EUIPO, SIPO and KIPO, as the five major offices which receive 90% of the total industrial design applications filed worldwide, jointly inaugurated the ID5 meeting.

This Annual Meeting was the second meeting and held on November 1 and 2, 2016, in Beijing, China. ID5 Partner Offices discussed the future approaches to ID5 cooperation projects.

2. Major achievements of the meeting

1) 2016 ID5 Joint Statement

ID5 Partner Offices adopted 2016 ID5 Joint Statement, indicating the future directions of cooperation at which they aim in the field of industrial design and the projects in which they should advance cooperation.

2) Approval of ID5 cooperation projects

ID5 Partner Offices approved the establishment of 12 cooperation projects focusing on specific subjects, including studies of industrial design examination practices in ID5 Partner Offices, IT support systems, industrial design classification systems, statistics, etc. This approval will enable the Partner Offices to inaugurate international cooperation in the field of industrial design (see the Appendix (in Japanese)(PDF:110KB)PDFfile) .

The JPO will serve as a lead office in four projects that will contribute to bringing about benefits to both users of industrial design systems and ID5 Partner Offices: Compilation of Industrial Design Statistics, Study of Design Classification Conventions & Practices, Comparative Study of the Application of a Grace Period for Industrial Design Applications, and Comparative Study of Partial Designs as an Effective Means of Protection for Industrial Design Innovation. In particular, these four projects will contribute to improving the mutual understanding of industrial design systems and operation thereof and also to enhancing the accessibility to information on such designs. The JPO expects that these projects will help domestic and overseas users of the system gain enhanced predictability for obtaining industrial design rights.

3) Establishment of the ID5 temporary website

ID5 Partner Offices have established the ID5 temporary website ( as a platform for publicizing information and progress concerning ID5.

3. Future actions

The JPO will aim to develop an environment in which industrial design rights of Japanese companies are appropriately protected and utilized worldwide, and to this end, it will endeavor to steadily conduct the ID5 cooperation projects that were approved at the meeting in close collaboration with the rest of the ID5 Partner Offices.

Release date

November 4, 2016

Division in Charge

Design Division, Patent and Design Examination Department (Physics, Optics, Social Infrastructure and Design) & International Cooperation Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, Japan Patent Office

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